Let’s Have an Urban Design Competition (or two) in Manukau #TransformManukau

Quick wins and bottom up place making

 

In light of IKEA, Apartments and a Park All-in-One? France Was Able to Do It and @DevelopmentAKL Needs a #TransformManukau Quick Win. Let’s Build Apartments/Mixed Use and a Square! it was discussed in Twitter about whether both sites should house an urban design competition.

The urban design competition allowing anyone amateur or professional to put forward designs that Panuku Development Auckland (and the developers tendered to the construction of the sites) would then follow and execute.

 

With the sites being in Manukau City Centre – a Metropolitan Centre under the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan with a catchment of over 400,000 people the competition would like at high quality high density and well-functioning place making designs suited to such a Metropolitan Centre.

 

The two sites:

14 Davis Avenue

Davis Avenue first project potential
Davis Avenue first project potential

See: @DevelopmentAKL Needs a #TransformManukau Quick Win. Let’s Build Apartments/Mixed Use and a Square! for more on the site

 

The east Westfield Car Park:

Manukau Mall East Extensions MK2
Manukau Mall East Extensions MK2

See: IKEA, Apartments and a Park All-in-One? France Was Able to Do It for more on the site

 

General Urban Design Competition Details:

  • Recognition both sites are in a Metropolitan Centre under the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan with Manukau City Centre having a catchment of over 400,000 people
  • Per the PAUP there would be a Maximum Car Parking ratio to both sites. That said car parks provided must be “underground” while also providing “flow” between mass transit and active transport links in the Manukau City Centre
  • Universal Design principles (easy to access for elderly, the infirm, Wheelchairs and Prams while being hospitable for children)
  • Incorporation of Maori design and cultural values into the sites
  • Both sites must be designed, consented, built and operational by 2020 (Council to make sure consenting is done efficiently)

 

For 14 Davis Avenue:
  • Site to incorporate:
    • Mixed Use Towers (preference will be weighted to those who can fully utilise the full 18 storey/72m height limits given to a Metropolitan Centre Zone). Mixed use meaning:
      • Retail and/or hospitality on the ground and first floor
      • Office for between 1/3 and 1/2 of the Tower usage
      • Residential apartments with a mix of Studio, 1-3 bedroom apartments for the remain of the Tower usage
  • A public plaza/square that can house a playground and the possibility of markets in the middle of the site
  • Two lane ways (one is in the north connecting to Amersham Way, the other connecting to Putney Way (and the Manukau Interchange) in the south) that are vibrant and utilised frequently (so no dead spaces and no “alleyway” type environments)
  • Designs incorporate allowance for passive surveillance to mitigate against ‘Fear of Crime’
  • Apartments to pass a 5 Green Star rating including sound insulation
  • The general principles mentioned above

 

For the Westfield east car park
  • It is envisaged that an IKEA type store would be the anchor tenant. But to avoid blank walls that trigger the Unitary Plan provisions (to avoid) and a mono-use for that space (given space is limited in Manukau) the site must also incorporate the following as listed below
  • Residential apartments to be built (but incorporated into the anchor tenant structure) around the main complex
  • Green roof that allows access to public for the use of a “sky park.” A good designer would also incorporate some type of family friendly hospitality scene into the sky park as well (cafe etc)
  • Further small retail and hospitality facilities on the ground floor of the incorporated apartment buildings
  • Future proofing for an arcade on the northern side (the green section between the two cyan sites of which the competition is the biggest and southern of the two) of the complex. The arcade would connect to the eventual development on the northern redevelopment site (next to the McDonalds)
  • Apartments to pass a 5 Green Star rating including sound insulation

An example of a mixed site:

 

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So what do you think? An urban design competition to kick-start Manukau’s urban renewal?

 

If so I might forward this as a presentation to the Auckland Development Committee this month. 

 

Manukau City Centre Source: Auckland Plan Implementation Update 2015
Manukau City Centre
Source: Auckland Plan Implementation Update 2015

 

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